|2||2||9||Soley Soley||–||Middle of the Road|
|3||6||5||I Will Return||–||Springwater|
|6||11||7||(Is This the Way to) Amarillo||–||Tony Christie|
|7||5||15||Get Me Some Help||–||Neville Whitmill|
|12||New||1||Brand New Key||–||Melanie|
|13||15||5||All of the Time Girl||–||Dealians|
|16||14||5||Sweet City Woman||–||Miracles|
|17||New||1||Banks of the Ohio||–||Olivia Newton-John|
|18||New||1||Dancing in the Sun||–||Michael Holm|
|19||17||12||Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast||–||Daniel Boone|
|20||18||7||Tokoloshe Man||–||John Kongos|
John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ enjoyed a second week at number 1 while the previous chart topper, Middle Of The Road’s ‘Soley Soley’ was unmoved at 2.
While Lennon was enjoying being at number 1, Barbra Streisand was enjoying being the biggest climber with a cover of one of his songs as ‘Mother’ climbed 5 from 10 to 5. Joining ‘Mother’ in the biggest climb was Tony Christie’s ‘(Is This The Way) To Amarillo’ which moved up 5 from 11 to 6. This was the 3rd song to pick up a biggest climber award after having been a re-entry into the charts. The previous 2 to manage this were Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch’s ‘Zabadak’ and Dawn’s ‘What Are You Doing Sunday’. There were no other songs that managed a 4 place or more star rater climb this week.
After its mammoth run at the top of the charts, it was probably not too surprising that ‘Mammy Blue’ by Charisma was the biggest faller as it dropped 6 from 3 to 9. This was the 84th time a local song had been the biggest faller.
Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ moved on to 27 weeks in the charts and this was its 10th week as the oldest in the top 20 and was the 5th song so far to spend at least 10 weeks as the oldest in the charts. It was also the new record for consecutive weeks in the charts. The Staccato’s ‘Cry To Me’ had spent more weeks in the top 20 overall, but its best run was 26 consecutive weeks.
There were 3 songs that left the top 20 this week, the first of which was Hot Chocolate’s ‘I Believe (In Love) which had been with us for 11 weeks and peaked at 10. This was their first of 4 hits to make our charts.
Titanic’s ‘Sultana’ finally finished its time in the charts with us after having re-entered the top 20 twice. This last run of the song lasted 4 weeks, its longest run, and saw a peak of 15, the tied highest peak. The 2 previous runs in the chart for ‘Sultana’ had both been 1 week giving the song a total run of 6 weeks. This would be Titanic’s only SA chart hit and the band sank without a trace after that. (Actually, they did have 1 other hit in Europe called ‘Santa Fe’ which went to 17 in Belgium, 20 in Holland and 36 in Germany).
Last to go was The New Seekers’ ‘Never Ending Song Of Love’ which lasted 21 weeks in the charts and peaked at number 2. Of the 69 songs that would spend 20 or more weeks in the top 20 (i.e. excludes positions 21 to 30 when the charts expanded), 71% of them (49) would top the charts while 34% (24) would peak at number 2. ‘Never Ending Song Of Love’ was the 1st of that 34% to do this. The song itself had spent a total of 29 weeks in the chart with the other 8 coming from Delaney & Bonnie & Friends’ version and it sat tied 4th with ‘Goodbye My Love’ (Murray Campbell, Murray Campbell & Virginia Lee, Nini Rosso) for weeks in the chart for a song charting in more than1 version.
Melanie’s ‘Brand New Key’ achieved the 3rd highest debut position to date for a song by a solo female with Barbra Streisand’s ‘Mother’ debuting at 11 and Nancy Sinatra’s ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’ which debuted at 10 being the 2 to managed higher debut positions. ‘Brand New Key’ made it to number 1 in the US, Canada and Australia as well as getting to 4 on the UK charts. A parody of the song by the Wuzerls (‘I’ve Got A Brand New Combine Harvester’) made number 1 in the UK in 1976. The Wurzel’s version was a cover of Irish singer Brendon Grace’s version which had topped the Irish charts in 1975. ‘Brand New Key’ was Melanie’s second hit in SA, following up her number 10 effort with her cover of The Rolling Stones’ ‘Ruby Tuesday’ which had left the charts just over a year previously (56 weeks back to be precise).
3 weeks previously there were no hits by solo female artists in the chart, but this week we had three as Olivia Newton-John joined Melanie and Barbra Streisand in the top 20 with her 2nd SA chart hit, ‘Banks Of The Ohio’. It would give her a number 6 hit in the UK and scrape a 94 peak in the US. The song was first recorded in 1927 and is a cheerful ditty about a man who murders his lover after she turns down his marriage proposal. I wonder if John Travolta felt nervous recording ‘You’re The One That I Want’ with Olivia 6 years later.
Last of the new comers was the 9th hit by a German act to make out charts and it came in the form of Michael Holm’s ‘Dancing In The Sun’. This was Holm’s 3 SA chart hit and he was the only German so far to manage more than 1. His German version of the song (‘Wie der Sonnenschein (Shalala oh oh)’) made it to number 9 in his native Germany. The song included Daniel Vangarde as songwriter who was a co-songwriter on Neville Whitmill’s hit ‘Get Me Some Help’. The other 2 song writers getting credit on the record were Hans Balo and Claude Carrere. The latter would start his own record label called Carrere which would give us hits by Ottowan and Ryan Paris in the latter years of the charts. The Germans were now 6th on their own on the list of number of hits by artists from a nation, their 9 hits to date moving them 1 ahead of the Jamaicans who fell into 10th spot.
The top 20 of the overall weeks count list was again unchanged, but on the local list, The Dealians moved into tied 13th spot with Des Lindberg as their total ticked over to 31.
Charisma’s ‘Mammy Blue’ moved into 3rd place on the points for a song list, moving past Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Timothy’ with 320 points compared to ‘Timothy’s 312.
The average weeks that the songs in the top 20 had been with us dropped below 10 as it fell to 9.3. This average would only exceed 10 on 11 occasions during the top 20 era.